Thank you for the welcome. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. I would say this club is filled with some wonderful strong women and i am proud to be among you.
Eve-welcome to the board, I had a double mast. in 2001. I had stage IIB, 4.5cm tumor with 5 of 49 lyumph nodes positive. er-/pr-, and her2neu 3+++ (so i had a year of Herceptin). no reconstruction. i did not have any gene testing, but did decide to go ahead 3 yrs later (2004) and have ovaries removed (i had to have surgery for a hernia repair and did the ooph. at the same time). i am glad that i did... hot flashes are not so bad, thats really the only difference i have experienced. i just hit my 5-yr cancer anniversary (YAY) which i had been given a 50/50 chance to get to. so life is good! (knock on wood). please let me know if you have any questions... good luck with your decisions... and i *love* your tagline! hugs - stefanie
Eve- as far as the no reconstruction goes... my Dr.s said at the time (2001) that i wasn't a good candidate, since they had gone into my chest muscle fairly deep... at that time i just wanted to get thru the treatment and get on with it, and i was not capable of making a rational decision anyway (diep flap? tram flap? implants? take fat from my butt? what? etc etc) so i figured i'd just put it off til i was ready (hubby was fine with that). Then, as time went on, i just was so focused on making it to 5 years, i didn't want to spend time with a huge surgery and recovery time... and thats where i left it. Hubby is resigned to the fact now, and has never given me any problems about it. (i just tell him 'hey at least i'm here!'). i was large breasted, 40D
as for the hot flashes, i would say they are stronger than when i was in chemo-manopause, but not that much. caffeine, spicy foods, and alcohol late in the day will cause me to have 2 or 3 strong ones at night, but thats the worst of it.